Thursday, March 15, 2012

TOS Review ~ The Art of Argument (Classical Academic Press)

We were recently given the opportunity to review The Art of Argument: An Introduction to the Informal Fallacies from Classical Academic Press and we are enjoying it. We are taking it slow because it is a little advanced for a 6th grader. We were given the Student's Edition, Teacher's  Edition and disc 1 of the DVD series. 
Included in the text are 28 Fallacies divided into 6 chapters that are further categorized into 3 units.
Unit 1: Relevance
Chapter 1: Ad Fontem Arguments (Fallacies 1-4)
Chapter 2: Appeals to Emotion (Fallacies 5-10)
Chapter 3: Red Herrings (Fallacies 11-14)
Unit 2: Presumption
Chapter 4: Fallacies of Presupposition (Fallacies 15-20)
Chapter 5: Fallacies of Induction (Fallacies 21-25)
Unit 3: Clarity
Chapter 6: Fallacies of Clarity (Fallacies 26-28)

~information presented in a clear yet entertaining manner
~very through
~set up for student to work on independently 
~Student's Edition set up as a workbook (words to define and questions to answer - can be answered orally or on separate paper to make the book reusable)
~Teacher's Edition contains the complete student's edition as well as answers to exercises and chapter and unit tests (reusable)
~visual examples
~DVD contains video of instructors and students discussing examples of each Fallacy (the DVD's would be beneficial for students who need material presented in multiple ways)
~products available individually or bundled

~Cost (but to save on cost you can just purchase the Student's Edition)

~Junior High (7th & 8th grade)
~paperback, black and white
~DVD set $54.95
~Other Products include Languages, Poetry, Bible, and more Logic courses

Final Thoughts
We are really enjoying learning about the different fallacies of arguments. The curriculum is well written and the "conversations" with Socrates make it fun to read. 

{Disclaimer: I received this product in exchange for my honest opinion. No other compensation was received and all opinions are my own.}
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